Chook Doolan: On the road by James Roy
Ill. by Lucinda Gifford. Chook Doolan series. Walker Books Australia, 2017. ISBN
(Age: 5-8) Highly recommended. Themes: Fear and anxiety; Family; Chess. Chook Doolan has other names . . . more normal names . . . but Chook is the name you sometimes get if you are a little bit 'chicken'! Chook is the kind of kid who prefers reading and playing chess to other more adventurous or active pursuits. His family heads off on a family trip to visit his Aunt and his younger twin cousins. But will it be fun playing with the girls for Ricky, Chook's soccer-mad older brother or for Chess-loving Chook? How can they possibly enjoy the twin girls' company?
James Roy has written a simple chapter book for early readers that is engaging and explores personality and family interactions with appeal for those who are just starting to read independently.